Ottawa Catholic School Board elementary school proposed for 60 Defence Street

(A rendering of the proposed elementary school to be located at 60 Defence Street and built for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Rendering: Pye & Richards-Temprano & Young Architects Inc.)

A Site Plan Control application was submitted to the City on August 9, 2021 by Pye & Richards-Temprano & Young Architects Inc. to permit the construction of a one-storey elementary school for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. A Minor Variance application is required to permit the proposed 4.5 metre setback along Defence Street.

The subject site is a currently vacant and located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Cope Drive and Defence Street with the address being 60 Defence Street. The land has an area of approximately 28,000 square metres, with 160 metres of frontage on Cope Drive and 160 metres of frontage on Defence Street. The surrounding land uses include existing and planned low-rise residential uses to the south, east, and west; Mark Yakabuski Park can be found further south beyond a row of single detached homes immediately abutting the subject site; the Ten Alders Trail circling the Mahoney Creek Stormwater Management Area, a vacant lot zoned for similar institutional uses, and additional low-rise residential uses can be found to the north beyond Cope Drive.

The main entrance of the proposed building will be on Defence Street and has been designed to be pedestrian oriented. Lay-bys are proposed along Defence Street and Cope Drive to facilitate the pick-up and drop-off of students. A total of 51 parking spaces are provided in a parking lot located south of the school building, which will be accessed from Defence Street.

The site will feature a bus lay-by along Defence Street as well as a parent drop off lay-by along Cope Drive. Outdoor rock seating spaces and a mini soccer field will be provided as well as a fenced off educational garden near Cope Avenue. Space for a future addition or 12 portables is allocated in the play yard. Finally, planting will be also provided to screen the new garbage enclosure location and a wood chip area will be provided for a future play structure.

The roadway modifications associated with this development include the construction of on-street lay-bys along both Defence Street and Cope Drive. Click on the following link to read more on the Transportation Impact Assessment for the area prepared by Dillon Consultants.

Comments are to be provided by September 22, 2021 and can be sent to Colette Gorni, the City Planner for the project, by email to or by telephone 613-580-2424, ext. 21239. For additional information visit


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  1. Do not forget those names on the Stittsville Cenotaph board, those who lost their lives in WW1, WW2 and Afghanistan. One dear brave lady Jessie Mabel McDiamid (1880-1918) a nurse who gave her life when the hospital ship “Llandovery” was blasted out of the Atlantic by a German sub-marine. So many names to choose from for our parks and roads. Let us not forget them. They would know what Defence would mean. If you need any details, please contact Goulbourn Township Historical Society. Edna K – GTHS Member

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